Arte Es Vida

Books By Beadwork Magazine by arteesvida
December 3, 2006, 8:41 pm
Filed under: Beading, Book Reviews, Wire Work

Crochet With Wire by Nancie M. Wiseman is a wonderful primer on how you can take crochet (or, alternatively, your wirework) to the next level by learning to crochet wire! Nancie covers all the basics on tools including the pliers, wire cutters, and crochet hooks that work best for these projects. She discusses in depth the type of crochet hook and the right gauges of wire to use for each project. The projects are all very simple ones that incorporate the same basic patterns you use in regular crochet including single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. The Seaweeds Necklace and Bracelet and the Gold Lace Necklace and Bracelet are two of my favorite jewelry designs from the book, but I also love her crochet wired bowls…they are fabulous!

Beadwork Creates Earrings edited by Jean Campbell is a slim volume that manages to pack in thirty projects ranging from beginner to advanced with plenty of diagrams and high quality color photos to guide you through the process. If beading techniques such as peyote stitch and netting scare you silly, these are wonderful projects to start with. You can learn the techniques and create something beautiful without having to invest a huge amount of time in the project, or commit to something incredibly complicated. There are also plenty of simple stringing projects, projects that incorporate beadwork with premade chain, and some gorgeous wirework ideas as well! The Retro Wraps and the Motana Chandeliers were my two favorites (the Retro Wraps are the project that is also featured on the cover of the book)…both are simple and gorgeous!

Getting Started Stringing Beads by Jean Campbell could easily be renames “Jewelry Making 101”. It is a wonderful resource on simple stringing style jewelry. The book covers the many types of beads and all of the essential techniques including stringing, tying knots, working with findings, and basic wireworking. The book includes several projects and many more project ideas. There are also wonderfully useful charts including a section on classic jewelry lengths, and a millimeter sizing. I found the section on knots incredibly useful and easy to follow…and that is an area I really struggle with!

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